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We want to build a world where children living in poverty can create better futures for themselves and their families. Read our stories to find out how the programmes we fund help create more opportunities for children around the world.

September 16, 2012
Expanding its work significantly, the IKEA Foundation announces €31 million in funding for USA and UK-based nonprofits helping children in developing countries. “Our ambition at the IKEA Foundation is to help improve the lives of children and youth in the developing world,” explains Per Heggenes, CEO of the IKEA Foundation. “Our commitments so far will... Read more
August 8, 2012
Since 2008, the IKEA Foundation has funded an ambitious project to increase the survival rates of children with cancer in Vietnam by 45% over the long term. The Lund Vietnam Childhood Cancer Programme brings together Swedish experts in childhood cancer and medical staff from Vietnam in a joint effort to improve the quality of diagnosis,... Read more
June 20, 2012
Every year millions of children and their families are forced to flee their homes because of famine, war or persecution, and when they do it is often UNHCR that offers their first hope of safety. At any given time, UNHCR has the capacity to respond to a new emergency, assisting up to 600,000 people, within... Read more
March 1, 2012
Per Heggenes, Chief Executive Officer of the IKEA Foundation, visits the world’s largest refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya, and shows how a $62 million gift to the United Nations’ refugee agency will help children there survive. “A refugee camp in Dadaab in Kenya is not what you would normally associate with IKEA,” Per says, “but... Read more
February 16, 2012
The IKEA Foundation is joining a global movement using stories, videos and social media to lead the fight to empower women and girls in developing countries. The Foundation has awarded a €700,000 (1million USD) grant to Half the Sky Movement, supporting an innovative effort to inspire people all over the world to join the fight... Read more
January 26, 2012
The 2011 IKEA Soft Toy for Education Campaign results are in and thanks to outstanding IKEA customer, coworker and IKEA Foundation support, UNICEF and Save the Children will receive a donation of €12.4 million to help realize every child’s right to a quality education. This notable donation will help implement 18 educational projects in 16... Read more
December 20, 2011
As the second anniversary of the devastating Haiti earthquake approaches, the IKEA Foundation is supporting vital education programs to give children more hope for the future. Improving life for children in developing countries is the mission of the IKEA Foundation, which is why we’ve given €300,000 to Save the Children to improve children’s literacy in... Read more
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